John Cullerton http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ill. Legislative Leaders Sue Over Halted Lawmaker Paychecks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-legislative-leaders-sue-over-halted-lawmaker-paychecks <p>The leaders of the Illinois House and Senate are <a href="http://capitolfax.com/VetoComplaint.pdf">filing a lawsuit</a> challenging Gov. Pat Quinn's halting lawmaker pay over the state's pension gridlock.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John </span>Cullerton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> called Quinn's action &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"purely political and unconstitutional." All three men are Democrats.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:42:36 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 28672 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Legislative Leaders Sue Over Halted Lawmaker Paychecks Ill. Senate Panel Endorses Ammunition Limit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-senate-panel-endorses-ammunition-limit <p><em>Updated 4:25 p.m. with vote results &nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Parents of two Sandy Hook elementary students killed by a Connecticut gunman last fall testified in favor of limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Senate's Executive Committee voted 12-3 Monday to advance legislation banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.</span></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:57:34 +0000 WBEZ 26546 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Senate Panel Endorses Ammunition Limit New Session Of Ill. General Assembly Begins http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-session-ill-general-assembly-begins <p></p><p></p><p><strong><em>Reporting from Amanda Vinicky from Illinois Public Radio.</em></strong></p><p>A new session of the Illinois General Assembly begins today, when candidates who won in November's elections take the oath of office.&nbsp; The outgoing class of legislators left the incoming one with quite a burden. &nbsp;</p><p>Tuesday night, the previous General Assembly adjourned without doing anything to reduce Illinois' $97 billion pension debt, though there were a few last minute tries.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:58:06 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 8178 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Session Of Ill. General Assembly Begins Ill. Pension Negotiations Continue http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-pension-negotiations-continue <p>Negotiations for a complete overhaul of Illinois' underfunded pension systems continue. But the president of the state Senate is again pushing a measure his chamber approved months ago.</p><p>Governor Pat Quinn has been adamant that something pass before the General Assembly's current session ends for good on Wednesday.</p><p>In May, the Senate passed legislation that reduces state workers' and legislators' own retirement benefits. But the House never took it up.&nbsp; Senate President John Cullerton says representatives should do so when they return to Springfield on Sunday.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:23:10 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 8009 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Pension Negotiations Continue Morning headlines: Friday, June 17, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-june-17-2011 <p><strong>SSM Health Care will not Hire Smokers Starting in July</strong></p><p>A St. Louis-based health care organization says it wants to improve the health of its employees and set an example, so smokers need not apply.</p><p><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_bb5f4d58-38a7-5bdb-be22-afca43f425b5.html">The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports </a>that SSM Health Care will begin a tobacco-free hiring policy in July.</p> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 14:23:57 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 1452 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, June 17, 2011 Ill. GOP lawmakers continue push for rollback of new tax increase http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-gop-lawmakers-continue-push-rollback-new-tax-increase <p><em>Reporting from Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Luke Runyon used in this report.</em></p><p>Illinois State Republican lawmakers continue to push for a rollback of the <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-signs-ill-income-tax-increase-law">recently passed income tax increase</a>, but still haven&#39;t given their list of cuts to make up the difference. Senate Democrats are calling their bluff.</p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:33:11 +0000 Illinois Public Radio & Kelsey Proud 735 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. GOP lawmakers continue push for rollback of new tax increase